Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
I think it looks totally dope, and thought I'd share.
Nick wanted me to add this link http://www.free-bike.net/forum/viewtopic.php?p=164#p164 so that you could see some of the other countries he's created.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
News from the EW site:
Wednesday 10/24 UPDATE: 2
The good news: All Ellsworth inventory is intact and our Manufacturing is intact and continuing to fill orders we took at InterBike, as well as standing orders. We PLAN on being able to communicate via email. We're working to restore some stop gap phone contact, but ask that you watch this website for information before making a phone call.
The Bad news: The Organic Avacado grove that houses the Sustainable Ellsworth Administrative, Design, and wharehouse has burned, and Highland Valley Road is a war zone and all electric and telephone poles, and infrastructure was destroyed.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
I have found in Firefox if you translate a page a large white window pops up in the top left corner. If after it pops up, you hit the "remove frame" link at the top right in Firefox it will disappear.
I'll get a pro to look at the code soon but in the meantime I'm sure its frustrating some of you.
I don’t really want to know how many times I have crashed doing back flips and tail whips. Crashing doesn’t mean you’re a bad rider, it means you are pushing your own limits and that’s what progression is all about.You may not land it first time but being persistant pays off. I am not saying go out there and ride till you crash because that is just stupid but you know when you hit that fine line of pulling something off and that is the sweetest victory of all.
Don’t be harsh critics as these are some photos that a young mate of mine took while I was practising a few new tricks. We will get them out to you when I have them dialled.
Thanks for reading,
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Most dealers have already placed orders for product so they should have some stuff within about a month. All my distributors have product on the way so it should be just a few more weeks for the 08 stuff to arrive.
The Amp prototype will be done in a few weeks and will go out for testing. It won't be available until after SeaOtter [May]. Yeah its just a DJ but we still want to do our due diligence and work all the bugs out so you won't have any problems when you get it.
The Legend will be available in very limited numbers after SeaOtter. Only 50 units worldwide. If you're a racer and are interested in getting one next year we are starting a list. About half are already spoken for but the remaining ones are up for riders that race DH and don't mind being contacted by me and Keith - you will be contacted!. We want to know where every last one of those bikes goes and have a constant dialogue with the riders that get them. We will be offering all sorts of tech support, free spare parts if needed, and anything else the rider is in need of.
The bike has been in development for 3 years has gone through numerous iterations and adjustments and we're still tweeking little things. We can confirm it will be a virtual pivot design and that its weight will be under 10lbs with shock but thats all i really want to say right now about it. The Geo has been published ... search under the label Legend.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
mutha f'r this is a pain... for some reason theres this freakin white window that shows up when you hit one of the flags to translate the blog... anyone know whats happening?
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Banshee has been confirmed as sponsors of the 2008 Camp of Champions at Whistler Mountain.
Camp guest will get to access to Wildcards, Rampants, and Scythes. We've gotten together with TSG to offer an all custom finish just for the camp so the bikes will look totally sick.
Also what's really cool is Alan Hepburn will be coming over from Australia to coach, unconfirmed still is Chris Sonienen whose not sure if he'll arrive in Vancouver in time for the camps. Long time team rider Brent Floyd is the camps head coach and arguably the best riding coach going. He's worked for both the Schley and Shandro camps and he's very experienced, helpful, and knowledgable.
Ken Achenbach has put together possibly the best camp in the world. It offers tons for the guests to do on and off the mountain and with Brent managing and coaching you're guaranteed the best results in improving your riding.
I'm still in discussions with them regarding a camp seminar on how to setup your suspension and other mysterious in your bike. So not only do you improve as a rider you also get to dial in your ride to acheive its top performance when you get home.
One other treat [that we'll try to include] is time for the guest to take out a Legend Mk1. These will be very rare as we plan to do only 50 units for 2008, and then only 100 for 2009.
Anyway we're totally stoked. Check out the camps website if you're interested.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Congrats Linden and Danyelle.
For those of you that haven't seen previous entries Linden is currently our rep in Colorado and will be the team manager for the Banshee Mountain States Cup team. We'll have 3-4 DH and 4X racers and are still looking for that rider whose got the lungs and legs to represent us as our XC guy... but I digress... this is about the Carlsons and I hope both of your dreams come true. Cheers guys! wish I coulda been there - but you didn't invite me - probably cause you knew I'd drink all your booze hahaha
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Living at the base of the North Shore Mountain I don't get an opportunity to different setups like this because its go up... and then go down... theres not much roll in our part of the world. I really want to try one of these out next time I go to Bootleg and I'm going to make sure Linden [our Colorado rep] has a 69r in his aresenal of demo bikes.
Basically a 69r, for those of you who don't know, is a bike with a 26" wheel in the back and a 29" up front.
Anyway heres what Karl had to say
Now these guys have seen just about everything, and so their opinions really count because its knowledge from experience. They had some reservations considering they felt bushings wearout faster then bearings.
I have also spoken to a few other engineers and we do agree it is possible with a poorly designed system. It is however just as likely that a poorly designed pivot, using bearings, will also have a very short lifespan... I know of a few but won't mention any names.
I also know of a few poorly designed bushing systems and again will keep my mouth shut.
You'd be surprised to find out how many company's out there are making bikes and don't have a single engineer on staff... and again I won't mention any names.
So it basically boils down to the designer and if he has a clue what he's doing. Luckily our Masters of Mech. Keith knows a thing or two about engineering and something called tolerances.
Basically the bushing should not be able to be tightened beyond a certain point or else they will drag on the shoulder and prematurely wear. When a bushing prematurely wears, play develops and the rider tries to tighten the pivot further which only causes more wear. The way our axles were designed they will tighten to a certain point maintaining the correct tolerance for the bushing and you won't be able to overtighten them.
We've honestly been riding the same set of bushings on the Rampant, and Runes that we've had since early last spring, they've not been greased and have seen almost daily runs at whistler all summer, been to all our demo days, and have booked what must be thousands of miles by different riders. The pivots are as tight today as they were when we first got the bikes... I'll keep you updated on the exact date I notice play in any of them and how long it will be until we have to swap them for a new set.
So basically not all systems are created equally. I know its hard for the rider to wade through the BS, but I'm happy to report riders are so much more informed then they used to be and it will serve them well in their choice for their next ride.
Of course we welcome comments and the chance to discuss the principles of what makes a decent design.
Friday, October 12, 2007
rampant comes in two flavors.... team red/white and team black/white
and the rune comes in white, black, gold, and the team polish/black which you've seen
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Alans the second guy in the vid and he still needs a little more practice to get that stuff nailed.
Scott Alleyn let me know that he got 2nd at the Harvest Huckfest. He's on his way up to Nelson with a Wildcard to scope out the new jumps they've built. I can't remember the name of them sorry, maybe someone from Nelson can help me out and put it in the comments section
Friday, October 5, 2007
check it out as there are some very nice pics of the bikes... the lighting at bootleg canyon really sets off the bikes nicely.
Should have some more information going up on the site as well.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Anyway check out the site there's always good stuff on there.
Direct link to the banshee stuff http://www.sicklines.com/interbike2007/banshee
'Hey everyone, here's a little write up on what I’ve been up to for the past few months. Back in July I found myself ripping countless runs in the Whistler bike park riding everything I could from Joyride (best trail ever) to the Redbull elevation jumps (best jumps ever) to the foam pit. Then crankworx came around and the crowds got larger and the hype got louder, it’s pretty intense when all your used to, is riding with a group of 3 or 4 other riders back at home and then going to Canada and seeing thousands of riders everywhere. For myself crankworx’s was a mixed bag I wasn’t liking the slopestyle course that much but was happy to just jam some sections that I did like, and doing runs on the mountain. My friend Chris (who also rides for Banshee) rode solid as and made it to the semi finals getting 17th overall so that was cool. Once crankworx was over the village went back to normal and the runs on the mountain got more fun.
The weekend after crankworx Chris and I found ourselves on a ferry heading to the Bearclaw invitational, This whole trip to Mt Washington was so un planned we didn’t even know where or what we were going to do for food, accommodation or even a way back to whistler. The only thing semi organised was how we were getting to the ferry, Thanks Kelly and Sha for the lift. In the end the whole trip turned out perfect, we stayed in the riders lodge for free had these awesome BC burgers for dinner and ended riding the Mountain which was better then we expected. Oh and the slopestyle course was mad fun to ride, we weren’t allowed to compete (because we weren’t on the list) which sucked but Bearclaw was kind enough to let us ride the course in practice, and we became the course guineapigs.
2 weeks later and I was back home in Australia looking at my local jumps that looked mighty small compared to the jumps I had been riding for the previous 8 weeks. So I decided to do a major digging mission moving around 200tonnes all up to make 2 bigger sized jumps, was pretty stoked when they were finished and dialled. So now all I’m doing is riding when I can and learning new things. Had an interesting experience the last couple of days when I took a hard slam and smacked the side of my head on the ground (Full Face helmets are awesome). Anyway I woke up the next morning and the whole room was spinning like crazy, got myself checked out and it seems I bruised my inner ear and had some swelling. Wasn’t that bad but in your ear is where the Cochlea is and that controls your balance and tells your brain which way is up and down, lets just say its like being very drunk when you have swelling in that area. Anyway the dizziness subsided pretty quick and 24hours later and its all good, and I can ride again yay.
Anyway summers rolling in here and there’s lots more riding to be had. Catcha later!'
and now some photos of chris doing crazy stuff to add to alans story and photos...
If you ever get the chance to ride with these guys you will join me by saying that they have great attitudes, and are just down to earth guys who share a passion for riding (oh and they are a bit crazy too!)